Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 18, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Though you will follow later. . . . (John 13:36)
"Where I am going," Jesus says, "you cannot go, though you will follow later."
Peter couldn't understand His words at that time even though he was to share his Lord's fate at a later time. We too will eventually go where Jesus went. That's the bad news. The good news is, He's already there even as He's already here helping us. He will bear us up and keep us whole and He will be there to greet us.
Jesus died so that we would not feel the final bitterness of our separation from God.
We are glorified in Christ as Christ is glorified in God and God is glorified through Christ's humble service and obedience. How then shall we glorify Christ? Again, following the rule of what it means to worship, we glorify as we imitate. When we serve others as Jesus has served them then we go where He goes and He goes where we go.
When we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, visit the ill and those in prison, give clothing to the nakedóin all of those things we imitate Christówe go where He has gone and He goes with us. When we face death and struggle through to our last breath, perhaps wondering where God is in all of this, we go where He has gone and He goes with us. And in that final passage, He is not only the traveling partner, but He is also the One who comes to greet us.
- JuandelaCruz |
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